The final match of the WTA St. Petersburg Open will take place on February 16, in which Elena Rybakina will play against Kiki Bertens.
Throughout the tournament, Bertens does not look the best way. Indeed, in almost every match she experienced serious problems, however, at crucial moments she added and thanks to it she reached the final match.
Can Kiki defend the title? We’ve made a prediction for you.
At what time are Elena Rybakina and Kiki Bertens to play?
The game time is February 16, 2020, at 1:30 PM (GMT).
What are the players’ positions in WTA rankings?
Elena Rybakina takes the 25th position and Kiki Bertens takes the 8th position in WTA Tour Rankings.
How many wins and losses does Elena Rybakina have?
Elena Rybakina has won 70% of games as a favorite.
How many wins and losses does Kiki Bertens have?
Kiki Bertens has won 63% of the games as a favorite.
After the successful January tournaments in the Shenzhen final and the title in Hobart, Elena Rybakina reached her third final of this year. Kazakh tennis player, regardless of the outcome of the match with Bertens, will update her best achievement in the WTA ranking. Now Elena is in the 25th position.
This is obviously her best season in her career. At the moment, Rybakina takes the 25th place in the WTA ranking table. This year she spent 15 matches, of which she lost only 2. She has gained an incredible game form. It is worth noting that in St. Petersburg, Elena was lucky with the net, while she was on the verge of defeat several times.
In the last two matches in St. Petersburg, Rybakina had a difficult time. In the quarterfinal match against Dodin (6-7, 7-5, 6-2) she left two matchballs. Then the opponent was obviously physically not ready for a long match. The semifinal with Maria Sakkari (3-6, 7-5, 6-1) turned out to be overstressed. Greek tennis player was in time for many balls on the line performed by Elena. Obviously Rybakina did not expect such a start of the fight. However, Maria lacked stability and diversity to bring the match to victory.
Elena often has difficulties with the implementation of break points, she can not competently use her advantage, the lack of proper experience affects it.
Rybakina is working hard on her game and recent progress has been more than obvious. Indeed, before Elena played in the same rhythm, as she tried to shoot right through from any point on the court. Now the Kazakh woman ceased to take unnecessarily risks and at the first opportunity runs out to the net, where she can execute shots with her eyes closed. Given that the tennis player’s arsenal has a killer pitch, she’s able to act in the style of serve and volley.
Bertens is the 8th racket of the world. This season she wins back quite stable, keeping her brand. On her account 10 meetings played, of which she won 8 victories. Based on this, we can conclude that Kiki is in great shape.
The Dutch reached the final without any problems. After a confident victory at the start over Kudermetova (6-1, 6-2), Bertens faced Potapova in the quarterfinal with serious resistance (6-4, 7-6). It was close to the given set, but Anastasia unsurely played on her serve. In the semifinals, Alexandrova caught a serve in the second installment, but this did not help her avoid defeat in the decisive set (1-6, 6-4, 1-6).
However, it is worth considering the fact that she lost the set in a bitter struggle, and won the remaining two with crushing scores.
A year earlier, Kiki Bertens took the trophy in St. Petersburg, beating Vekic in the final (7-6, 6-4). This time, the representative of the Netherlands overcame the resistance of three Russians in a row in the tournament bracket. Ahead, another, true, former Russian woman.
Bertens will be able to powerfully respond to Rybakina’s tight serves. Rather, even the eighth racket of the world will have some advantage in this regard. Kiki knows how to play at the limit of possibilities at important points in the game, to turn on fully, which is often very unexpected for rivals.
Bertens has a powerful serve, while perfectly moving around the court, which allows her to dictate her playing conditions and make her opponents make mistakes.
Recently, Bertens often creates herself a lot of problems on the court. Indeed, at the very first serious difficulties or mistakes, the representative of the Netherlands loses control of herself and begins to get nervous (screaming, arguing with everyone and breaking rackets). In this state, Kiki is not able to demonstrate her optimal game, but rather makes strange decisions and makes childish mistakes. Recently, however, Bertens has learned to get out of this state, as she starts herself to fight and until the last fights on the court.
Betting Tips Statistics
- The athletes have faced each other. At the grass tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch Kiki Bertens won in two sets.
- Rybakina lost once in the last 5 matches. Bertens won all five.
Bertens is serious about defending the title, she demonstrates an almost unmistakable game in rallies, while she confidently acts on her innings. It should be noted that Rybakina did a huge amount of work to reach the finals, but she does not have enough experience to beat today’s opponent. In crucial moments, Elena begins to make ridiculous mistakes. In addition, she has an extremely unstable percentage of hits with the first ball, and this says a lot.
Our prediction is the victory of Kiki Bertens.